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Tokyo International Airport also known as Haneda International airport is one of the two airport situated in Tokyo the other being Narita airport. The airport serves the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. Haneda International airport one of the top 30 airports in the world in 2012. There are 3 Terminals within the airport. Terminal 1, 2 and International Terminal  The International Terminal opened in 2010 and their International Schedules has started from then. There is an underground walkway connecting Terminal 1 and 2. There are also free shuttle buses to transport passengers to their respective Terminals.  ...more

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Tokyo International Airport also known as Haneda International airport is one of the two airport situated in Tokyo the other being Narita airport. The airport serves the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. Haneda International airport one of the top 30 airports in the world in 2012.

There are 3 Terminals within the airport. Terminal 1, 2 and International Terminal 

The International Terminal opened in 2010 and their International Schedules has started from then.

There is an underground walkway connecting Terminal 1 and 2.

There are also free shuttle buses to transport passengers to their respective Terminals.

 

Address

3-3-2 Hanedakuko, Ota, Tokyo 144-0041, Japan

Phone

03-5757-8111

Prayer Facilities

There is no known prayer room situated within the airport. Tokyo Camii mosque and Tokyo mosque is very near to Haneda International Airport. Also Al-Tawheed and Masjid As-Salaam mosques are locate within Tokyo.

Halal Food

There are no known halal food restaurant within the airport. However the airport do have some vegetarian options available and a vast choice of food from Japanese, Chinese, European and ample of cafe's throughout the airport where you can have a bite. Just say the below phrase before ordering.

 "Watashiwa bejiterian desu." 

It means I am a vegetarian.

 

Transport

Haneda airport has 2 rail system Keihin Kyuko Railway and Tokyo Monorail from the Main Terminal 1 & 2 as well as from the International Terminal to the rest of the city. There are also buses from the airport to take you to the main city. Car rental services are also available. Taxi's are available for hire to take you to your destination.

Shopping

The airport has alot of shops. You will find bookstores, gift shops, apparels, kids toys, electronics, convenience store within the airport. The duty free section also has a vast collections of chocolates, candy, cosmetics, perfumes, watches and etc, The Duty free also has famous fashion brands like Gucci, Cartier, Rolex, Hermes, Omega, Bulgari, Tiffany, Salvatore Fergamo and etc.

Amenities

Banking, currency exchange, LAN internet, mobile renting, baby changing rooms, kids play area, nap room, shower room, convenience store, observation deck, pet hotel, airline lounge, porter services, luggage delivery services, pharmacy, dental clinic, clinic,  Atm, travel insurance and etc.

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  • Japan's Most Aesthetic Hostels You Need To Check Out

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  • One Week Itinerary for Solo Travel in Japan

    It has often been said and still it is true: Japan is one of the safest country for solo travelers, especially women. In fact, Japan might be the place most suited for a single female visitor. The Japanese are well known for their friendliness and polite character. The high level of politeness and safety makes Japan a very relaxing place when travelling solo. The variety of things to see and do make it especially good for the kind of travel that lets you see and do what interests you. Japan is as stunning as it is convenient: The public transportation system is modern, clean, and has English signage. A lot of hotels in Japan have single rooms available, which makes it cheaper for the single traveler. With or without companion, Japan is that fascinating country that will definitely offer you a wonderful time. Find Halal Restaurants in Japan Find Mosques and Prayer Places in Japan   Getting Around: Japan is famous for the Shinkansen bullet trains that you might already have heard of. The Japan Rail Pass (also called JR Pass) is a very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan. The JR Pass can be used only by foreign tourists. The pass can be purchased online or through a travel agent outside of Japan. You will then receive a voucher that has to be exchanged to the actual pass inside Japan within three months of purchase. The pass will not pay off for urban travel alone. But if you cover some long distances within a relatively short time period, the pass is likely to save you some dollars. Furthermore, the pass provides convenience and flexibility in addition to saving money. Pass holders don’t need to buy tickets before riding trains and can spontaneously make trips at no extra cost. In general, the 7-day pass costs about the same as regular Shinkansen tickets for a round trip between Tokyo and Kyoto. It will most likely not pay off if you travel less than that. The Japan Rail Pass Calculator and the timetable website Hyperdia are good tools to compare regular ticket costs with the pass. You will find further information on the official website: http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/   Day 1: Landing in Tokyo Picture Credit: Adrian Chandler, www.flickr.com A good starting point for your trip is Tokyo. The city has so much to offer, you could spend months in it and still will have adventures and places to explore left. So, just let us give you some suggestions: For foreigners, it is very nice to stay in Asakusa. Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades endures. It’s popular with tourists and locals alike. Senso-ji, a very popular Buddhist temple, which was built in the 7th century, is the main attraction of the district. You can approach the temple through the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. It’s highly recommended to explore Asakusa on foot, but you should also consider a guided tour on a rickshaw. Asakusa is served by several public transport lines such as Ginza Line, Asakusa Line, Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways.   Day 2: Roaming in Tokyo Tokyo Skytree Picture Credit: japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp Start your day with a visit to Tokyo Skytree. This television broadcasting tower one of the tallest buildings in the world, measuring 634 meters, and a landmark in Tokyo. There are two observation decks: At 350 meters, there is a restaurant, a café and shops behind large windows. The highest platform is at 450 meters altitude. An outer ramp surrounds this segment. Visitors can enjoy the view over one of the biggest cities in the world. You can purchase the entry tickets at the tower itself, 365 days a year. A shopping complex and an aquarium are located at the base of the tower. You will find the entrance to the Tokyo Skytree on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town, which comprises the range between Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line, and Oshiage Station on the Asakusa Line, Keisei Oshiage Line and Hanzomon Line. Alternatively, you can walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa in about 20 minutes. Buses from Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, and Haneda Airport also reach Tokyo Skytree. You can refer to the image below and identify the different routes to get to Tokyo Skytree Town. Web: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045 Picture Credit: www.tokyo-skytree.jp Shibuya Crossing Picture Credit: www.francescocattutophotographer.com After that, take a subway ride to the legendary Shibuya Crossing. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens. This iconic place gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot. Some people recommend watching the crossing from an elevated position like Starbucks or the public Shibuya Mark City, but if you really want to soak in the atmosphere, you should stand down at ground level with all the other people around you. Shibuya is a well-known center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the origin of many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. To get there, take the Hachiko exit from Shibuya Station, which leads directly to the Shibuya Crossing. Cat Cafe MoCHA Picture Credit: digjapan.travel A short walk from Shibuya Crossing you will find one of the famous cat cafés, MoCHA. When you’re done with shopping and have had enough of the scramble at the busy Shibuya crossing, come here to relax, play with the kitties, and spend some healing time. Website: http://www.catmocha.jpAddress: 32-12 Udagawacho Assorti Shibuya 8F, Shibuya 150-0042 Shinjuku Picture Credit: fastjapan.com A short subway ride will take you to Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. There is a lot to see near JR Shinjuku Station, which is the busiest station in Japan with 3.5 million passengers per day. At the east exit are the entertainment districts of Kabuki-cho and Golden Gai, and there are plenty of shops and department stores. The business district on the opposite at west exit is dominated by office buildings and hotels next to the town hall, and here and there you can see publicly accessible art installations. The south exit leads to a broad terrace with skyscrapers surrounding, ideal for a pleasant walk. Here you’ll find the park Shinjuku-Gyoen, an oasis of peace in the heart of Tokyo. The various areas of Shinjuku each have their own charm, waiting for you to explore them. Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka Picture Credit: www.halalmedia.jp After exploring the Shinjuku neighbourhood you will most likely be hungry and weary. While finding a halal local restaurant in Shinjuku may not be one of the simplest things to do in Japan, the Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka is definitely worth a shot. This restaurant lets you indulge in the taste of Japan just like a local. Just like any other ramen restaurants, they serve you a hot bowl of Japanese goodness and warms you up during the winter. However, what's different about this ramen stall is that it is halal and is run by Muslims. Don't miss the chance to fit in like a local and slurp some delicious ramen.  Address: 1-11-7 Shinjuku | 1f, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture Day 3: Tokyo - Kyoto Golden Pavillion Picture Credit: handsonkyoto.com In the morning, take one of the convenient Shinkansen bullet trains to Kyoto. You will pass the Mt. Fuji, so better sit on the right-hand site of the train. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape. When you arrive in Kyoto, there should be time to visit the Golden Pavillion, also called Kinkaku-ji. The golden pavilion, which is a Zen Buddhist temple, is the picture perfect symbol of the traditional Japan. Its top two floors are completely covered in gold. Reflected in the adjacent "Mirror Pond" with its small islands of stone and pine trees, the Kinkaku-ji Temple offers a breathtaking picture that you should not miss. It’s one of those iconic buildings you want to see in person. The temple garden will captivate you with its landscape and a charming teahouse in the middle. Kinkaku-ji can be reached from Kyoto Station by Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205. Website: http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/Address: 1 Kinkakuji-chō, Kita-ku, Kyoto Manga Museum Picture Credit: www.kanpai-japan.com Close to the subway station Karasuma-Oike, you will find the Manga Museum. This is the first museum in Japan that is all about mangas. It offers an impressive selection of exhibits, encompassing everything from 19th-century Japanese journals and books to popular contemporary works from Japan and abroad. The museum owns around 200,000 manga and manga-related exhibits. Special exhibitions also take place here. Furthermore, the museum serves as a library. Of course, there is also a museum shop and a café. Website: http://www.kyotomm.jp/english/Address: Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto 604-0846   Day 4: Enjoying Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine Picture Credit: thetruejapan.com When in Kyoto, you must not miss the infamous Fushimi Inari Shrine. Fushimi Inari is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of gates, the torii, which line the path behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice cultivation, fertility – and foxes. Foxes are believed to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. The hike to the summit of the mountain and back takes about 2-3 hours, however, visitors are free to walk just as far as they wish before turning back. Along the path, you will see numerous smaller shrines with piles of mini torii gates that were donated by visitors with minor funds. Along the way, there are also a few eateries that offer local dishes such as Inari Sushi and Kitsune Udon ("Fox Udon"), both containing fried tofu, thought to be a favored food of foxes. Just be warned: Fushimi-Inari Shrine is one of the most popular sights in Kyoto, so better come early on a weekday morning. However, whenever you go, rest assured that you’ll leave most of the crowds behind as you ascend the mountain. Fushimi Inari Shrine is situated close to JR Inari Station on the JR Nara Line, not far from Kyoto Station. The shrine can also be accessed by a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line. Website: inari.jp/en/Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0882 Tenryu-ji Temple Picture Credit: www.thousandwonders.ne Afterwards, head toward the Tenryu-ji Temple & Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Right off the main drag in Arashiyama, a few steps from the main bus stop Tenryuji-mae and the Keifuku Line’s Arashiyama Station, Tenryu-ji Temple is the logical first stop for any exploration of Arashiyama. Tenryu-ji is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. This Zen temple is registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. You start by exploring the main hall and observing the famed garden and pond from inside the hall, then you put your shoes back on and explore the garden, which is the main attraction, on foot. The Tenryu-ji Temple Garden is said to have been built by the founder of the temple, Muso Soseki, in the 14th century. The garden is arranged so that visitors can enjoy the changing scenery while walking around the pond in its center. Visitors can also have a taste of the temple's Zen vegetarian cuisine. The temple is a short walk from either Arashiyama station or Saga Arashiyama station (served by different subway lines). Website: http://www.tenryuji.com/en/Address: 68 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryu-ji, Ukyo-ku Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Picture Credit: www.insidekyoto.com Tenryu-ji Temple is connected to the iconic Arashiyama bamboo groove, make sure to take a stroll there as well. The bamboo trail can be accessed via the North Gate of the temple. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist attractions and for good reason: standing among these sky-high stalks of bamboo is like being in another world. There’s just one main path through the grove, which leads leisurely uphill. Strolling through the forest will cost you nothing, since there is no entry fee. The Bamboo Forest is a popular location for wedding photographs – the presence of the newly married couple is quite common in the grove. Also, it is popular among Japanese girls and couples to put on their kimonos and head to the Bamboo Grove for a photoshoot. The crowds are worst in the weekends and particularly during the spring cherry blossom and fall color seasons, so just try to avoid these times. Address:  Saganonomiyacho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8394, Japan   Day 5: Kyoto - Nara Nara Park Picture Credit: www.wesidetrip.com With easy access from Kyoto, a trip to quiet Nara is the right idea to escape from Japan's well-known tourist magnet. Nara Park in central Nara alone is worth a full day. The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Believed to be messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, Nara's nearly 1,200 deer have become a symbol of the city. Nara's deer are quite tame, although you should always keep in mind, that they are still wild animals. Deer crackers can be purchased around the park, and some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed. Visiting and feeding the deer is a nice activity for families. Nara Park is a five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station or a about a 20 minute walk from JR Nara Station. Alternatively, you can reach the park by bus. There are multiple stops around the park. Website: https://www.visitnara.jp/destinations/area/nara-park/Address: Noboriojicho, Takahatacho, Kasugano, Zoshicho, Nara-shi, Nara-ken Of course, Nara does not lack of temples and shrines. In fact, Nara has a variety of shrines, temples, and ruins that are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, if you are not into deer feeding, why not visit Ikoma Sanju Amusement Park or hike Mt. Wakakusa?   Day 6: Nara - Osaka Umeda Sky Building Picture Credit: www.elevatorimagazine.com With 2.7 million inhabitants, Osaka is the third largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama. The city is the traditional trade center of Japan and today one of the most important industrial centers and one of the most important ports in Japan. To get an overview, pay a visit to the Umeda Sky Building. If you stand in front of the sparkling glass walls of the 173-meter-high building, you will get a sense of the incredible achievements that were necessary to build this impressive structure. The Umeda Sky Building is a pair of skyscrapers connected in midair. The names of the two are the "Tower East" and "Tower West" which both are 173 meters tall with 40 floors. The building is a land mark of Osaka and at the very top of it there is a “floating garden observatory”. Don’t get mistaken by the name: oddly, the garden has no flowers or trees. Nonetheless, the stunning 360 degree panoramic view, which can be enjoyed from the open deck, is certainly worth a visit. The building is not only popular among tourists but also among couples. On the 39th floor, which is also where the entrance is, there is a restaurant, bar, and café to elegantly enjoy the best food and sights. Additionally, there are other places to enjoy besides the observatory. On the first basement level, there is the "Takimi Lane of Restaurants" that replicates the downtown romance of the early Showa Era. Many restaurants there serve typical Japanese dishes like Ramen, Teppanyaki, Tempura, and Sukiyaki. On the third floor of "Tower East", there is a cinema, showing movies from all over the world. At the outdoor space "Wonder Square" which is in between the Eastern and the Western towers, many festivals, exhibitions, shows, concerts, and fairs take place throughout the year. The nearest station is JR Osaka Station and Umeda Station of the Osaka City Subway, Hankyu Line, and Hanshin Line. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the building from either station. Web: http://www.kuchu-teien.com/global/index.htmlAddress: 531-0076 1-1-88 Oyodo-naka, Kita-ku, OsakaCity   Day 7: Beautiful Osaka Osaka CastlePicture Credit: www.layoverguide.com Start your last day by visiting Osaka Castle. It is one of Japan's most famous castles and played an important role in uniting Japan in the 16th century. When it was built in the late 16th century, it was the largest and most impressive castle Japan had ever seen. The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers with lots of green space, sport facilities, a multi-purpose arena (Osakajo Hall) and a shrine dedicated to its builder, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Inside, you will find a museum displaying artefacts that includes art and armor. We recommend visiting the castle in the morning, so you will have enough time for more Osaka City sightseeing in the afternoon. The best approach to Osaka Castle is through Otemon Gate at the southwestern corner of the park. The closest subway station is Tanimachiyonchome Station along the Tanimachi Line and Chuo Line. Web: http://www.osakacastle.net/english/Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002 Aqua Liner Picture Credit: www.japan-highlightstravel.com After enjoying Osaka Castle, we recommend taking an Aqua-bus, the “Aqua Liner”, as a pleasant way of sightseeing. There are several rivers flowing through the city of Osaka crossed by many bridges. A great number of outstanding historical sites can be seen and enjoyed along those rivers.You can board an aqua bus from the Park (Osaka Castle port). The long, flat boat rises only 1.6 meters from the water surface so it can pass under bridges. The cruise, which lasts for an hour and runs every day, covers Osaka's main sightseeing spots, including Osaka Castle, Nakanoshima, Osaka Business Park, and Osaka Amenity Park. Website: http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/facilities/cat37/post_263.html Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Picture Credit: almanac.charmlab.org/osaka-aquarium-kaiyukan.html Finish your stay in Japan with a visit at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Being one of the greatest aquariums in the world, the Kaiyukan has 30,000 creatures and 580 species, mostly from the Pacific Ocean. The main attraction is a huge whale shark. The arrangement of the basins designed in a way that it corresponds to the actual geography as far as possible. At the very end you will find a huge pool full of rays and mini sharks. The pool is open and visitors are allowed to pet the creatures in there! Website: http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 552-0022 After this week in Japan you will most likely be already addicted to the country. The country will leave you awe-struck for sure. You will come home from your trip feeling confident about navigating a foreign country on your own, and you will have fun telling stories about what you discovered on your trip. And who knows? Maybe you will come back and explore what has not been covered by this one-week itinerary like Kobe, Hiroshima, or Okinawa. For sure, Japan has so much to see, do and explore! Book a trip to Japan with us! Check out our City Guides in Japan!...

  • Side Trip Itinerary to Visit Mount Fuji

    Are you looking for more reasons to plan your trip to Tokyo now? Well we have the got the perfect idea just for you. Why not mix a bit of adventure and excitement into your trip by including a trip the well-known symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji? Located just about 100 kilometers away from the Japanese capital, Tokyo city, you can easily plan a Mount Fuji day tour to experience the great joy of conquering this mighty mountain, and also learn what makes this site as special as it is. To help you get started on your journey we have put together a day trip itinerary to Mount Fuji, just for you. More about Mount Fuji More weekend getaways   via GIPHY Interesting facts about Mount Fuji To begin with Mount Fuji, which is located on Honshu Island, is actually the highest mountain in Japan. Standing tall at 3776 meters (12,389 ft) it is ranked as the 7th highest mountain located on any island. A striking feature of the mountain is its symmetric shape which is even visible from city areas on clear days. Owing to its captivating beauty, the mountain is often a feature in various works of art and photographs. Aside from the its natural beauty, the mountain is treated as a symbol of Japan and one of Japan's historic sites which is considered by Japanese to be a representation of good luck and good fortune. This has led to the mountain becoming one of the most visited sites by pilgrims, sightseers, and adventure enthusiasts. Another distinctive feature of Mount Fuji is that it's a giant volcano; and not just one but three volcanos layered one on top of the other. Being classified as an active volcano may sound like a scary fact but it actually has a very low eruption risk with the last known eruption dating back to 1707-1708. The mountain is also identified as one of the Three Holy Mountains along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. Owing to its amazing natural beauty, unique geographical identity, and historical & cultural value, the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list since June 2013.   Best time to climb Mount Fuji Picture Credit - Jakub Halun, commons.wikimedia.org The best time to climb this well-known symbol of Japan is during the summer which ideally falls between July to mid-September. This is the time where the weather is sunny and bright making it a great time to go for a hike and enjoy the best views from the mountain top. The exact start dates of the climbing season are announced officially based on prevailing weather conditions, and you can get more information by visiting the Official Mount Fuji website. You can also check which trial is open during the time you'd like to visit the peak. It is strongly advised to avoid climbing the peak off-season as the thick snow cover and other adverse weather conditions make the climb extremely risky.   Mount Fuji trails leading to the peak Picture credit - www.yokota.af.mil 1. Yoshida Route – Estimated time to climb about 6 hours and 3.5. hours for the descent. Since this is the most popular route and highly recommended for beginners, it tends to get quite crowded during the peak season, which might cause delays in your climbing schedule. Many choose to climb the during the night (starting around 10.00 PM) to make it on time to view the sunrise from the summit by about 5.00 AM 2. Fujinomiya Route – the second most popular route among climbers, it has the shortest ascension time of about 5.5 hours 3. Subashiri Route – This route gets its name as the surface of the trail is mainly sand (Suba translates to sand in Japanese). The ascension time of this route is about 7 hours and it takes only about 3.5 hours to descend. For this reason, many travelers choose to descend via this route. 4. Gotemba Route – Since this route has a gentle slope it has the longest climbing time of about 8 hours to reach the summit. But the less prominent slope makes it also great for those who are less tolerant of high altitudes as the risk of developing altitude sickness is much less.   How to get to Mount Fuji Because Mount Fuji is one of the most popular attractions in the country, the transport network to get to the site is highly developed and gives you a number of options to choose from. By train Picture Credit - Jakub Halun, commons.wikimedia.org To reach the Yoshidaguchi entrance you can take the Fuji Kyuko line train to Kawaguchiko Station followed by the Tozan bus which is often referred to as the mountain climbing bus and get off at the Fuji Subaru Line Go-gome stop If you are travelling from Tokyo or Osaka it is quite advisable to book a Japan Rail Pass ticket and travel from JR Tokaido main line's Mishima Station, the JR Tokaido shinkansen's Shin-Fuji Station, the Tokaido line's Fuji Station or the Minobu line's Fujinomiya Station You could also catch the Tozan bus by taking the JR Gotemba line to Gotemba Station or the Odakyu line to Shinmatsuda Station and also arrive at the climbing stations. By bus Picture Credit - shinjukustation.com There are special bus services operated by the Fuji Kyuko bus service. One option is to take the highway bus form the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal or even catch the highway bus which travels from the Haneda Airport to Mount Fuji during the summer. By car Picture Credit - Jack Stump, flickr.com If you wish to travel by car, you will need to check access prior to travel as there are often limitations set on various routes during the peak season. Parking facilities are available at Fujihokuroku Parking lot, Mizugatsuka Parking lot and Subashiri Multipurpose Parking Lot, and you can take a shuttle bus to the entrance points.   Preparing to climb Mount Fuji: What You Need for a Mount Fuji Day Tour Picture Credit - climbing-mt-fuji.com As you plan your day trip itinerary to mount Fuji you might want to make a note of a few important points to prepare yourself for the journey ahead of you. There is quite a striking temperature difference between the starting climbing point and at the peak of about 20 degrees. Even during the summer, the temperature at the peak could reach freezing temperatures, therefore it is advisable to wear appropriate gear and weather appropriate clothing. It is best to invest in mountain climbing shoes and jacket for this purpose. Other important things to take along with you include plenty of drinking water, a torch, a towel, light snacks, sunglasses and a climbing pole to reduce the strain on your legs.   Climbing Rules and Regulations Picture Credit - www.fujisan-climb.jp Since the mountain is considered to be a scared location and protected site, climbers are expected to be mindful of their conduct when visiting the area. As general guidelines refrain from removing any natural specimens form the area and also, causing damage in any way. Paid restroom facilities are also available for climbers along the way.   What to See and Do in and around Mount Fuji Mount Fuji is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Therefore, the area has quite a number of interesting sites you can visit during your trip. So apart from climbing the mountain here are some things you can see and do during your visit Visit Hakone including the Ashi lake and hot springs Kawaguchiko Lake See the beauty of Kawaguchiko Lake - one of the Fuji Five Lakes located at the foot of the mountain Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine Picture Credit - Neworion, commons.wikimedia.org Learn more about Mount Fuji's ancient history at the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine (formally known as Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Jinja) Arakurayama Sengen Park Picture Credit - Manish Prabhune, commons.wikimedia.org Capture some breathtaking images from Arakurayama Sengen Park viewing point. Subashiri 5th Station Picture Credit - planetyze.com Enjoy the amazing scenery at the Subashiri 5th Station Souvenirs Picture Credit - en.japantravel.com Grab some souvenirs to remember you visit and enjoy some great tasting Japanese cuisine at the Gotemba Premium Outlets, which feature over 200 shops and restaurants Address: 412-0023 Shizuoka, Gotemba, Fukazawa 1312Phone: +81 550-81-3122Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00-20:00 Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Google+  via GIPHY Check out our solo travel ideas Find things to do in Japan...

  • Try these 5 Authentic Halal Japanese Snacks

    Trying to find Halal Japanese snacks? Here's our list of Halal snacks in Japan that may come in handy when you're hungry and can't find a Halal restaurant! Cheap Halal snacks in Japan are available at many main travel spots. So without further ado, here are some Japanese snacks that are Muslim-friendly!   1. Okaki Picture Credit - fndrecipes.blogspot.sg Okaki Japan snacks are rice crackers made with rice and salt. Mochi (rice) is polished, steamed, dried and then either baked/fried in vegetable oil to get the ideal level of crispiness. You can even try making it on your own by getting some Mochi that is available at most grocery stores. Okaki is usually offered in three flavors: seaweed, red pepper, and wasabi. This is a perfect snack for parties or while watching a movie with a friend! Available in: Asakusa-Tokyo   2. Muso Castella Cake Picture Credit -item.rakuten.co.jp Castella Cake is a soft sponge cake that is available in three delicious flavors - matcha, honey and brown.The cake comes in three different packing of green, yellow and brown colors according to its flavors. Muso produces Castella cake using only natural ingredients without adding preservations. The process of making Castella cake is accredited by Nippon Asia Halal Association, ensuring that it is Halal and safe for consumption. You can also buy this Halal Japanese snack as a souvenir to take home! Available at: Haneda Airport / Narita Airport   3. Kappou Yama Sakura Jam Picture Credit - kappou-yama.jp Sakura Jam is a Halal product of Kappou Yama – a Halal restaurant in Japan. It uses essentially the domestic fruits of Japan and processes it without artificial sweeteners. You can choose from different flavors - mandarin, apple, peach, strawberry, and blueberry. All these flavors taste so good, although peach Sakura Jam is the market best choice. Available at: Loax stores in Shinjuku and Akihabara   4. Ryukyu Kokuto Brown Sugar Candy Brown Sugar Candy is one of the sweetest Halal Japanese snacks that is made mainly using sugar cane. This delicious product by Ryukyu Kokuto is popular among locals and is found to have health benefits. Other Halal snacks by this company are Chocotto (a mix of chocolate and brown sugar), green tea chocolates and mint chocolates. Available at: http://www.ryukyu-kokuto.jp/   5. Soba-boro Cookie These crunchy cookies are made of buckwheat flour mixed together with little sugar and lots of eggs. Buckwheat is a grain-like seed that is native to Japan. This is high in nutrients and so energizing. Soba-boro cookie is a traditional confection that has the distinctive Japanese taste, but also a cheap halal snack in Japan. These cookies are made in nice shapes of rounds and flowers and they just melt when put into the mouth. Available at: shops of Kyoto (Marutamachi/ Kawamichi-ya) Check out our Travel Blog for more articles on japan such as Local Handicrafts in Kyoto , 5 Must Visit Mosques in Hokkaido Japan and Where to Shop in Osaka, Japan - Osaka Shopping guide.  Be sure to download the HalalTrip Islamic Travel App for your Halal travel to japan , to help locate Halal restaurants and Mosques nearby....

  • Dünyanın En Eski Mescidleri (Camiileri)

    Dünyanın dört bir yanındaki en Eski 10 Cami, dünyanın her köşesinden hatıralarla İslam'ın büyüklüğüyle sizi gururlu ve hatta nostaljik anlar yaşatacak. Tarihi hikayeler, Krallıklar ve dönemin Müslümanlarının yaşadıklarının sembolü olan bu tarihi ibadethaneleri günümüz Müslümanları keşfetmek ve bu Camilerde Yüce Allah'a ibadet etmek istiyorlar.   1) Mescid Al Haram   Mescid Al Haram (Kabe), tartışmasız olarak dünyanın ilk ve en eski Camisi'dir; Hz.İbrahim’in ve oğlu Hz.İsmail'in, namaz kıldığı noktadır. Aynı zamanda İslam'daki kutsal alanların en kutsal alanıdır. Dünyanın dört bir yanındaki Müslümanlar günde 5 defa Kâbe'ye yönelirler. Yüce Kitabımız Kur’anı Kerim’de "İnsanlar için yeryüzünde kurulan ilk ev, Mekke'de bulunan mübarek ve alemler için hidayet kaynağı olan Kabe'dir." (A-i İmran, 3/96) Ayeti de Kabe’nin İslam Dinindeki yerinin çok ayrı olduğunun kanıtıdır.   2) Mescid-I Nebevi   Mescid-i Nebevi, aynı zamanda Hz. Peygamber'in Mescidi olarak da adlandırılır ve Medine'de bulunur. Mekke'den Medine'ye göç eden Hz. Peygamber'in hemen sonrasında inşa edilen İslam'daki en kutsal ikinci alan olarak kabul edilen Mescid, yaklaşık 1.400 yaşındadır. Mütevazi bir yapısı olan Mescid Dünyanın en büyük Mescidlerinden bir tanesidir.   3) Mescid-I Aksa Kudüs   705 yılında inşaa edilen Mescid-I Aksa İslam'da çok önemli ve kutsal bir noktadır. Al Bukahri'nin bir Hadisine göre, İslam dinin en kutsal 3. Noktası olarak Kabul edilen Mescid’de her kılınan rekatın 1000 rekat değeri vardır. Miraç Gecesi Peygamberimiz Hz.Muhammed (SAV) 'in namaz kıldırdığı Mescittir. Aynı zamanda, Kıble’nin Kabe'ye döndüğü vahiyden önce Medine'ye göç edimesindenl sonraki 17 ay boyunca eski Kıble yönü de Mescid-I Aksa’ydı.Mescid-i Al Aksa, birçok deprem ve kuşatma altında kalmıştır ancak Kudüs'ün fethinden sonra Haçlılardan alınmıştır  Saladin tarafından eski ihtişamına geri döndürülmüştür. Bu Mescid, tüm Müslümanların Dünyaya yayılış öyküsü ve gururu ile doludur.   4) Sana Büyük Camii Yemen   Aynı zamanda Al-Jami el-Kabīr bi-Ṣan'ā' olarak bilinen Sanaa Büyük Camii, Yemen'in Sana'a'sında bulunur ve 7-8. Yüzyılda inşa edilmiştir. Ghumdan Saray Alanının yanında inşa edilmiş olan Cami, farklı devirlerde ve zaman içerisinde inşa edilmiş müthiş bir mimariye sahiptir. Kraliçe Arwa İbn Ahmed tarafından 1130 yılında önemli bir restorasyona uğramıştır. Cami ayrıca Unesco Dünya Mirası listesindedir.    5) Sidi Ukba Ulu Camiisi Tunus   Picture Credit - www.hotels-fairy.com Kairouan'un Ulu Camisi olarak da bilinen Ukba Camii, Tunus Kairouan şehrinde yer almaktadır. Kent, UNESCO Dünya Mirası kentidir. Şehrin kurulduğu 670 yılında bir Arap General Uqba İbn Nafi tarafından yaptırılmıştır. Tunus’un Mimari kültürü açısından önemli bir yere sahip olan Camide 11.Yüzyıldan itibaren İslami ve Fenni bilimler bir arada okutulmuştur. Bu Tunus’taki Modern eğitim anlayışının bir başlangıcı olarak görülmektedir.   6) Ummayad Camii Suriye   Picture Credit - www.dailymail.co.uk Şam Büyük Camii olarak da bilinen Ummayad Camii, Şam Suriyesinde ve 634 yılında inşa edilmiş en eski Camilerden biri. Hz.Yahya'ya ithaf edilen Camii, Eski bir Bazilika sitesine Arapların bölgeyi fethinden sonra inşa edildi. Camii birçok hanedan ve egemenlik dönemine tanıklık etmesiyle ve son derece güzel mimarisi ve tabii ki tarih cazibesi nedeniyle ülkenin en çok ziyaret edilen yerlerinden biridir.    7) Kuba Mescidi   Kuba Camisi (Mescidi), dünyanın en eski Camii'nden biridir. Caminin inşası için ilk taş, 622 yılında Mekke'dan Medine'ye göç ettikten sonra Peygamberimiz Hz.Muhammed (SAV) tarafından konulmuştur. Buhari’nin Sahih Hadislerinde Hz.Muhammed(SAV) Cumartesi günü Camiye (mescit) bir binekle veya yürüyerek gittiği ve 2 rekat Namaz kıldığı belirtilmiştir.   8) Eski Cuma(Old Jumma) Mescidi Hindistan Picture Credit - www.heritageonline.in   Kilakarai'de bulunan Mescid Yemen İmparatoru tarafından Hz.Peygamber(SAV) devrinde İslam'ı kabul ettikten sonra Yemenli Tüccar tarafından yaptırılmıştır. 628 yılında yaptırılmış ve 11. yüzyılda yeniden inşa edilen bu Mescit, Müslümalar tarafından gurur duyulan ve deniz yollarından geçenler için Bölgede İslam'ın sembolü olarak görülmüştür. İbn Battuta ayrıca Rihlasında "Mescit çevresindeki Müslümanlar aynı Arap Yarım Adasındaki gibi yaşıyolar." diyerek bu Mescitten bahsetmiştir.   9) Kuffa Ulu Camii Irak   Kuffa Camisi MS 670 yılında tamamlanmış ve özellikle Şii mezhepi için önemli yerlerinden biridir. Irak'ın Kufa kentinde bulunmaktadır.    10) Xian Ulu Camii – Çin Halk Cumhuriyeti   Çin'deki Xian Ulu Camii, Çin'deki en eski Camiidir. 742'de inşaatına başlanmış ve tamamlanmıştır. Dünyadaki cami (mescit) kubbeler ve minarelerden farklı olarak, bu cami (mescit) Çin pagoda mimari tarzında inşa edilmiştir. Camide ayrıca Arapça yazıtlar da bulunmaktadır. Ayrıca, yeri ziyaret edenler için bir turist cazibe merkezidir. Eğer birgün yolunuz Xian’a düşerse, rotanıza Dünyanın en eski Camiilerinden biri olan Xian Ulu Camii’ni ziyaret edilecek yerler listesine aldığınızdan emin olun.   ...



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